Twenty-five years ago Montana loses congressional seat

A look back at Laurel History - 3/30/17
Outlook managing editor
The Bug Butcher was on call in the spring of 1967, to rid anything big or small of the martini-swigging, smoking, no-good critters.
The Bug Butcher was on call in the spring of 1967, to rid anything big or small of the martini-swigging, smoking, no-good critters.

25 years ago
April 1, 1992
The fight is over, and Montana has lost a congressional seat. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Montana will lose a house seat, said Beth Baker of the Montana Attorney General’s Office. Attorney General Marc Raciot spearheaded the fight to retain the threatened seat. According to the Montana Secretary of State’s office, filing for the one remaining congressional seat open Tuesday and will remain open to any Montana resident until Friday. Baker said that the immediate effect of the ruling will be getting ballots for the primary election printed to reflect that there will be only one house seat to fill.
Births were announced for Miranda Stevenson Bradley, Jarred Michael Johns and Trevor Charles Koterba.
Navy Seaman Apprentice Ray T. Cotter, son of Jim M. Cotter of Laurel, recently reported for duty aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, homported in Norfolk, VA. He joined the Navy in September of 1991.

50 years ago
April 5, 1967
Kenneth E. Olson was named mayor by the Laurel voters in the city-wide election. Incumbent Mayor John Beslanwitch, who was seeking his fourth term as mayor, received a total of 418 votes to Olson’s 555. Incumbent Louie Yovetich and former alderman E.H. Ebersviller Sr. were successful in their bid for first ward alderman positions.
The Laurel Jayceens met March 30 at the home of Mrs. Duane Behm with Mrs. Richard Michael and Mrs. Marvin Carter serving as co-hostesses. Eighteen members opened the meeting by reciting the Jayceen Creed.
The Park City High School spring concert, featuring the girls chorus and the concert band, under the direction of Mrs. Wayne Cooper, was presented Friday evening, in the high school gymnasium. The girls chorus opened the program with “Wonderful Copenhagen.” The chorus sang a variety of numbers. Jerry Peter played a cornet solo entitled, “El Torero.” The woodwind trio of Debbie Shay, Joan Fink and Linda Steinmetz played, “Bagatell.” A saxophone quartet composed of Gary Kober, Berverly Deines, Nicki Southworth and Renee Lenhardt played, “Two Spritituals—McCall.”

75 years ago
April 1, 1942
Announcement of the date of the thirty-eighth anniversary dinner and business meeting has been made by I.D. O’Donnell of Billings, secretary of the Pioneers of Eastern Montana. The meeting is scheduled for April at the Commercial club in Billings. L.A. Nutting of Laurel is among the executive committee members who will arrange details of the program. The group is made up of individuals who came to this section of the state prior to 1885, and their sons and daughters. The organization was formed in 1903 and has 385 members.
Virgil Price, brother of B.L. and W.F. Price and Mrs. Hugh Dickson of Laurel, was among the Americans recently awarded medals and letters of commendation by President Roosevelt for extraordinary heroism during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Wake island.
Responding to the call for more sugar for conversion into war explosives, farmers in the immediate vicinity of Laurel have already contracted 1,088 acres for sugar beets, an increase of nearly 200 acres over last years. Other farmers a few miles west of Laurel, in the Spurling district, have increased their acreage by 121.

100 years ago
March 28, 1917
After a search of nearly a week in musty files, thick criminal records and hundreds of portraits in the “rogues gallery” of Yellowstone County, officials of the sheriff’s office were successful in idnetifying the man whom Postmaster Joseph Pickens of Huntley shot and killed early Friday morning of last week. The Huntley postmaster was aroused by sounds as a of a person creeping up the stairs from the basement of his store and stood waiting for the trap door to be opened. when this was done he ordered the intruder to halt, but his order was not heeded. He thereupon emptied the contents of a shotgun into the man’s body. The dead man’s name, according to Sheriff Matclok’s office, is Edward Kopp, alias Charley Miller, and he is a former inmante of the Deer Lodge penitentiary. He was convicted of burglarizing the Laurel Trading Company’s store in July 1914, and was sentenced to two years. The dead man’s finger prints were recently sent to Leavenworth, Kan., for identification, but the local officers beat the government’s sleuths in the matter of identification. No word has yet been received from the federal prison officials.
J.H. Leuthold came in Monday and went to Billings to attend the auto show.
Henry Schessler was up from the Polytechnic visiting friends over Sunday.
John Wagner will move from the Edman house to the Lewis house in Park City.
Prof. E.B. Nelson received a telegram Sunday announcing the death of his father, who resides in Ohio. The Canyon creek school was closed Monday and Tuesday, although Mr. Nelson was unable to attend the funeral.


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